“Masculine (feat. Burna Boy)” from J Hus’s album ‘Beautiful And Brutal Yard’ shines as an intersection of UK and Nigerian music cultures. The track combines elements of hip-hop, African beats, and dancehall, a reflection of J Hus’s pioneering Afroswing style.
J Hus’s lyrics reveal his street credibility and embrace the villainous persona often associated with masculinity. He positions strength and assertiveness as pivotal aspects of his identity through the repeated chorus line “Man stand tall, man masculine.” The ‘disco’ setting adds a retro touch, suggesting a fusion of past and present attitudes.
Burna Boy’s verses, with his characteristic blend of Patois and Nigerian Pidgin, add a unique dimension. His refrain – “toxic acid children don’t know any other way” – appears to comment on the societal pressures and conditions that have sculpted their shared experiences.
The beats are expertly layered, offering a rich sonic texture that keeps listeners hooked. It’s a rhythm designed for movement, almost daring you not to dance. The dominance of the bass amps up the energy and complements the overall dynamic of the track.
However, the song might not appeal to all due to its heavy reliance on slang and specific cultural references. Some listeners might struggle to understand or relate to the lyrics.
Overall, “Masculine (feat. Burna Boy)” is a confident display of J Hus’s lyrical and musical prowess, with Burna Boy delivering a solid contribution. The song serves as an anthem for those asserting their strength and defiance against adversity in often-unforgiving environments.
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